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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)

de Maya Angelou

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Sèrie: Maya Angelou's Autobiographies (1)

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Author's memoir of growing up black in the 1930's and 1940's.
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Of course it's great and incredibly important. It's also pretty easy to read without seeking simplistic. There are a lot of powerful moments,, including her musings on the inevitability of death. The writing was just too dry to really draw me in. It covers a lot of subjects briefly, which is good in that it keeps the action going, but overall I don't know whether I loved that style. ( )
  jasonrkron | Jan 15, 2021 |
Maya Angelou is a poet and story-teller. Parts of her story are exhilarating and sad, moving. I liked it and appreciated it. But truth be told, I wish I enjoyed poetry and stories more than I do. Perhaps I'm impatient. Wait... no doubt, I am impatient. As although I want to want to love the journey, I really long for the destinations. Fiction is a movement of the heart, slowly pulling. Non-fiction is for the head. Someday, maybe, I'll be better connected to my heart...
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
A good slice of life portrait of growing up as a black woman in the thirties and forties in Arkansas and later in San Francisco. ( )
  charlie68 | Oct 8, 2020 |
A BBC radio dramatization of Angelou's memoir. The casting is excellent and while there is some dialogue between characters, a lot of the drama is done via narration, which is Angelou's gorgeous prose. My only quibble is that the drama ends quite abruptly. ( )
  MickyFine | Aug 15, 2020 |
I am sure that better reviewers than me have waxed poetically about the greatness that is this memoir by Maya Angelou.

I am just going to be one more person that says that this book hands down is fantastic.

There were times that I cried while reading and times that I smiled. I am very happy that I got around to reading this as part of my "Books Every African American Should Read" list.

Maya Angelou was not just a poet and writer. She was an artist with words. Just the way that she write things evokes memories of a place and time I have never been to in my life.

The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time that she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence.

Words mean more than what is set down on paper.

It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.

At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.


The things that Ms. Angelou went through while being shuttled back and forth between her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas to her mother's family in Missouri and then California as a child until she was 17 I think would have broken anyone. Instead her story is ultimately one of triumph.

I only read excerpts from this book in English class as a teenager. I am sadly disappointed that based on my many of the reviews for this book and also what I have read elsewhere many parents and some schools appear to have this book on a banned list because of it's frank discussion of events that happened to Ms. Angelou as a child.

Please note that this book does discuss molestation and rape. There is also plenty of racism in this book which should not surprise people since Ms. Angelou grew up during the 1930s. I think reading a book like this which ultimately showcases how a woman grew up and what kept her pushing for more is something that everyone should read. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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Winfrey, OprahPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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